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AG warns Mainers to be suspicious of callers demanding immediate payments

November 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Capitol news

Attorney General Janet T. Mills reports that her Office has received many recent reports of aggressive calls from scammers demanding immediate payments on supposed debts. The common thread among the scammers is that they attempt to get you to make a payment by wire transfer or pre-paid debit card. Mainers should be very suspicious of anyone calling out of the blue and demanding an immediate payment of a debt, especially if they require that payment by any reloadable cash cards such as Green Dot Money Pak or a wire service like Western Union.

“The names and the details of the scams vary,” Attorney General Mills said. “Typically the caller pretends they are from a business that you know and are attempting to collect an old debt. Perhaps they say you have won a lottery. Sometimes they even claim to be from the state or federal government. The caller has just enough information about you that you believe they are legitimate. The red flag, however, is that they want you to make an instant payment with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. This is how you know you are getting scammed. Hang up the phone immediately.”

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Maine’s Speaker Eves calls for action on plan to help seniors with KeepME

November 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Maine House Speaker Eves

Maine House Speaker Eves

The Speaker of the Maine House on Thursday urged state leaders from both parties to come together to overhaul how Maine cares for its seniors.Maine is the oldest state in the nation, with one in four Maine people turning 65 each day.

“The election is over and now is the time for us to come together to address the very serious challenges facing seniors in our state,” said Eves. “Seniors are concerned about rising property taxes, access to affordable housing, high heating costs and direct care services. We know these challenges are real barriers for seniors who want to live independently in their communities where they raised a generation. I look forward to working with Governor LePage and Republicans to address these concerns. This is an area we must find common ground.”

Eves has been holding aging forums across the state to grow support for his KeepME Home plan to help older adults age in their homes and communities. The plan would create affordable housing for seniors in each of Maine’s 16 counties through a $65 million housing bond; boost pay for in-home care workers who have not had a raise in nearly a decade; and expand property tax credits for seniors.

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Democrats Hold Majority in Maine House

November 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Democrats won 79 seats in the Maine House on Tuesday, according to preliminary election results. The victory gives Democrats control of the legislative body for the upcoming 127th Legislature.

The finally tally of 151 House members, includes 68 Republicans and four unenrolled members who are expected to caucus with Democrats.

“The election is over. Now is the time to govern,” said House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick. “We are ready to work with the Governor and our Republican colleagues and remain strongly committed to standing up for seniors and middle class families.”

The Democratic majority in the House was won by the hard work of candidates, who fanned out across the state and whose positive message of economic opportunity resonated with voters.

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Vote even if power is still out in Maine

November 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

1394323_10152841705572463_5549917345410757276_nWith over 80,000 people still without electricity some may wonder about their ability to vote. According to Sec. of State Matt Dunlap- everyone will be able to vote today.

“The important thing to remember is that we use paper ballots” said Secretary of State Matt Dunlap in a news release. “As long as people can mark their ballots by 8 p.m. on Election Day, their vote will be counted. Our town clerks are working diligently to make sure that polling locations are up and functional tomorrow, and any adjustments that need to be made will be made public as broadly as we can.”

If your community has no electricity voters will be given paper ballots. Also, you can request an absentee ballot if you can’t get out of your driveway or for whatever reason. A neighbor can do this for you, or simply call your town office and a person will come to your house with a ballot.


Obama ‘fires up’ Democratic supporters with hope for Michaud at Portland, Maine, rally

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Pres. Barack Obama in Maine, Oct 30 for Mike Michaud for Governor. Photo by Morgan Rogers

Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine with Mike Michaud – candidate for governor inspires the crowd with hope and energy. Photo By Morgan Rogers

“You have a chance to choose a governor who puts you first,” said President Barack Obama as he fired up a crowd of about 3,000 people on October 30, 2014 during a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud in Portland, Maine.

“We’ve created more jobs here in the United States over the last six years than Japan, Europe, and all of the advanced nations combined. We’ve made real progress. But what’s also true is, is that the gains of a growing economy haven’t been fully felt by everybody. You know all too well that Maine lags behind the rest of New England when it comes to job growth. Over the next week, you’ve got a chance to change that. You have a chance to choose a governor who doesn’t put political ideology first. “

The President energized the crowd reminding them of the power of hope that grew the Nation.

“And despite unyielding opposition over these last six years, there are workers with jobs who didn’t have them before. There are families with health insurance who didn’t have them before. There are students going to college who couldn’t afford to attend it before. There are troops who have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan and are now with their families,” said the President.

“Cynicism didn’t make that happen. Cynicism didn’t put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never ended a war, or cured disease, or built a business, or taught a young mind. Cynicism is a choice that you make. And it’s being fed to you all the time — don’t accept it. Hope is a better choice…. Hope is what built America. Show that you still have hope, and go out there and vote on Nov. 4.”

 Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine  gave a classic speech to rally support for Mike Michaud for governor. His wife, Hillary and Bill Clinton also came to promote Michaud. Photo By Ramona du Houx

Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine gave a classic speech to rally support for Mike Michaud for governor. His wife, Hillary and Bill Clinton also came to promote Michaud. Photo By Ramona du Houx

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Sen Angus King announces he is switching to support for Michaud for Governor

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Eliot Cutler “releasing” his supporters to vote their consciences.

“Eliot Cutler is a fine man who would make a good governor of our state. He is a friend who I believe would be a true consensus builder, ready to put solutions ahead of politics. My feelings about Eliot on these matters have not changed since I endorsed his candidacy four years ago and again this past August. But, like Eliot, I too am a realist. After many months considering the issues and getting to know the candidates, it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014.

“The good news is that we still have a chance to elect a governor who will represent the majority of Maine people: my friend and colleague, Mike Michaud. And today, I’d like to offer him my support.

“I have worked with Mike Michaud for twenty years and know that he has what it takes to be Maine’s next Governor. He has lived the American dream — going from the mill floor in Millinocket to the halls of Congress — and he knows in his heart that everyone, willing to work for it, deserves a chance to get ahead. Mike believes in protecting our environment and finding new ways to grow Maine’s economy and, as I have seen first-hand, is absolutely tenacious in defending Maine’s interests.

“This was not an easy decision, but I think the circumstances require that those of us who have supported Eliot look realistically at the options before us at this critical moment in Maine history.

“In the end, I believe that what drives us to the polls should be hope – not fear; what calls us to participate in the political dialogue should be optimism – not cynicism; and what informs our decision to vote for the Governor of Maine should be the belief in a system of government where every vote counts.”

“I’m grateful and humbled by Sen. King’s endorsement and his support,” Michaud said. “Sen. King and I have worked together for many years, and we’ve always tried to put the best interests of our state first. With only six days left before Election Day, momentum is building and if we all stand together I believe that we can bring the change we need to Augusta. This is a close race, and we need every voter to show up on Tuesday.”

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On Maine’s ballot: $50 million in bonds for economic growth, and bear baiting citizen’s question

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

The Legislature passed a $50 million bond plan last spring to boost job creation by small businesses and invest in key sectors of the state’s economy and clean water infrastructure. Some of the investments will help grow Maine’s stagnant economy as Governor LePage has held back bond investments.

The plan is made up of six separate measures. Each received two-thirds approval in both chambers of the Legislature, which made it impossible for LePage to veto the measure.

“Democrats and Republicans came together to make critical investments in our economy,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “This is a positive step towards boosting jobs by building on the best of Maine.”

The largest of the six proposals would invest $12 million to recapitalize the Regional Economic Development Loan Program and the Commercial Loan Insurance Programs — proven financing programs that help promising small business on the cusp of job creation access capital.

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Poll shows Michaud locked in dead heat with LePage for Maine’s governorship

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news


A new poll from Pan Atlantic SMS shows that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Gov. Paul LePage are locked in a tight race to become Maine’s next governor. Third-place candidate Eliot Cutler remains far behind the frontrunners and appears to be losing support. The poll of 400 people, conducted Oct. 15-21, found Michaud and Gov. LePage tied at 40 percent of the vote and Cutler dropping to 13 percent.

“I voted for Nader- voting my conscience, and I voted for Cutler last time around. But LePage has been too damaging for Maine’s economy and reputation. People need healthcare and a minimum wage increase. Cutler said he’d wait for the federal government to raise the minimum wage. He’s not who I thought he is. I’m voting for Michaud. I’m not taking any chances,” said Terry Wright of Portland.

The last poll released by Pan Atlantic, which was taken in Sept. 23-29, showed 39 percent for Gov. LePage, 34 percent for Michaud and 20 percent for Cutler. The poll shows Michaud gaining momentum and support as Cutler’s support fades.
Comparing the two polls from the same pollster, Michaud is showing strong gains, while Cutler’s base is falling. Some people fear LePage might win because of Cutler, who is wieldy considered to be a spoiler in the race.

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Hillery Clinton energizes Michaud supporters and asks them to, “veto” LePage

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It’s time to give your governor a veto,” said Clinton after highlighting the fact that Gov. LePage vetoed accepting federal healthcare coverage for Maine- not once- but five times.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, rallied roughly 1,400 people on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud at Scarborough High School on October 24, 2014.

“I wanted to come lend my support to his campaign because I believe he would be the kind of governor the people of Maine deserve,” said Clinton.

She talked about Michaud’s record of passionate persistent work on the behalf of the people of Maine. She reminded people that Michaud had the courage to run for office and pass laws in the Maine State House that stopped his employer, the Great Northern Mill, from dumping pollutants into his community’s river. Michaud got into politics because he was passionate about stopping the mill’s toxic practice. He continued to work for the mill while being a Representative in Augusta.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It matters what have you already done,” said Clinton highlighting her work with Michaud on trade issues and how he played a key role in passing the recent VA reform bill. She also mentioned Mike’s work bringing needed funds to rural areas of the state with the Northern Boarder Commission for economic development he created in Congress.

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Maine Governor’s race neck and neck

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Public Policy Polling’s newest Maine survey finds that after three televised debates, the race for governor is still a very tight contest between incumbent Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. LePage and Michaud each have 40 percent, with Eliot Cutler trailing at 17 percent.

The biggest factor in this race remaining so close is that Cutler, consistently in a distant third place, is continuing to siphon off enough of the anti-LePage vote to keep the contest in toss-up range.

Trailing by 23 points with only 11 days to go until the election, there is virtually no way Cutler can overtake LePage and Michaud. But by splitting the anti-LePage vote, the support Cutler is pulling from Michaud could be just enough to re-elect LePage in this razor-thin contest.

Other key findings from the survey include:

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